Her strained hamstring and strained back were painful. Her double dose of ear infections were unsteadying. Her "knotted" stomach -- almost unbearable.
But Dulaney's Amanda White trudged through it all yesterday, winning the 3,200-meter race at the first day of the state Class 3A-4A track and field championships at Western Maryland College.
The senior, running in her final state-sanctioned meet, struggled the entire way, beating Arundel's Christy Nichols by just a little more than two seconds -- her closest margin of victory in a state meet.
"The whole way, people were saying 'She's catching up, she's catching up,' " White said. "I kind of panicked. I just sprinted the last quarter mile because I knew she was right there."
White, who won the race for the third straight year after not competing as a freshman, is recovering from a strained hamstring she suffered nearly a month ago and a strained back. She also had trouble with her equilibrium, running with infections in both ears.
And yesterday morning, she woke up with a painful stomachache that lasted throughout the day.
"When I finished [the race], I was just crying," she said. "I felt so weak and so sick."
Dulaney ended the first day of competition in third place with 14 points -- 12 behind leader Eleanor Roosevelt and six behind Old Mill. Western and Perry Hall are sixth with eight, and Woodlawn is 19th.
Dulaney, however, also suffered one of the biggest disappointments of the day. After the Lions' 3,200 relay team beat the field by more than nine seconds, it was disqualified when judges ruled that leadoff runner Kristen Friz ran out of her lane on the first turn.
Dulaney appealed the decision, claiming that the referee held up his white flag signaling a clean turn and then later reversed his decision.
Largo was bumped up to first, and Western -- in its first state championship meet -- took second. The Doves' team of Steeley Spencer, Gabrielle Butler, Samarre Taru and Tamara Clark ran a 9:56.7, their fastest time of the season and more than 20 seconds faster than they ran just last week.
On the boys side. Mervo and C. Milton Wright find themselves in striking distance. After six events in Class 4A competition, Mervo stands in a surprising third, just nine points behind leader Quince Orchard and two behind Old Mill.
The Mustangs won the 800 relay, Benjamin Braswell took second in the long jump and Sheldon Downing and Michael Curtis took thirds in the high jump and 3,200, respectively.
C. Milton Wright's best finish came in the 3,200 relay, where the Mustangs took runner-up Walt Whitman in 8:14.02.
Other local champions were Stanley Ross of Southwestern in the 3A long jump and Charles Adams of Perry Hall in the 4A shot put.